Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 3 Yoga Challenge & My New Loves

I have two new loves in my life:

Philly Cooking Creme!
You can buy this stuff at any grocery store. The macros speak for this product in a major way...
The suggested serving size is 1/4 c:
Cals: 110, Protein: 4g, Carbs: 3g, Fat: 9g
But since we all know that when dieting, you can't always give away 110 calories on something if it doesn't fit in with your meal plan. SO! What happens since there are days where I'm really needing my dinner chicken breast to be tasty, check it out if you break it down a little:
For 1 tbsp: Cals: 27.5, Protein: 1g, Carb: 0.75g, Fat: 2.25g (Seriously, 1 tablespoon can satisfy so much)
For 1 tsp:  Cals: 9.16, Protein: 0g, Carb: 0g, Fat: 0.75g

They come in 4 flavors: Savory Garlic, Original, Santa Fe Blend, and Italian Herb & Cheese.

My Other Love:

Coconut Oil!
You can buy this stuff at any health food store, and you can even find it in Wal-Mart in the supplements section. The macros are about the same as Olive Oil:
1 tbsp  Cals: 120, Prot: 0g, Carb: 0g, Fat: 14g     BUT! The flavor of it is incredible! It isn't sweet whatsoever and the flavor is subtle but makes a huge difference in the overall flavor.
It looks like this when you try to scoop it out, so don't let that phase you...
Its kinda chunky, but don't be scared off! It will melt, and since it is so dense you won't be tempted to use too much of it. And give you this incredible flavor you may have been missing! Again, it isn't sweet at all, but you can't miss how much it tastes like coconut.

I will go into the nutrition aspect of this stuff in my next blog because honestly, its too much to list in this post! :)

Stay Tuned In Next Week for... Fat Doesn't Always Make You Fat!

Side Note: I'm on Day 4 of my Yoga Challenge... The last couple days have been a roller coaster! I keep getting little muscle twinges in my high stress muscles (right side back) but I think they'll work themselves out as I continue. Stress has become less, so I'm certain they will. :) But its fun seeing the changes my body makes, it is definitely a ton of core work and lower ab activation. My quads are very sore from certain postures and surprisingly, my triceps are sore from activation.
Last night in class I got into a conversation with myself regarding missing lifting this week. But the more I went along, the more I realized why this is so necessary. Maybe others in the figure arena do not feel this way (totally fine!) but I realize that with a pre-existing injury (like my broken back) that doing everything to take care of my muscles is essential. The static stretching, compression, and extension is so important to make sure I do not exacerbate any existing issues in my body and more importantly, do not create any new ones. Yoga is essential to my weight lifting.


  1. did you seriously break your back??? OMG!!! do you have any permanent injuries as a result? can you run? do you have to modify your weightlifting? sorry about all the questions !!

  2. Never be sorry for the questions!
    I did break my back in 2004... I was rock climbing and fell 30 feet. I shattered my L1 vertebrae but now am held together with titanium from my T12 to my L2 vertebraes. I have some pain after I work out in my lower back but I did sustain some injury in my knees (I landed on my feet and skidded to my butt), and am a half inch shorter than before the accident. :) I can run, just not every day but that is more due to the knee compression. The only modification I make to my weight training is that I have to monitor my lower back but mostly am protected by making sure I always have good form & posture. :)

  3. I've never tried coconut oil but so many people recommend it! I guess I'll have to give it a chance once I'm done with prep :)